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Mysterious new Aussie dinosaur remains unearthed in QLD

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Aussie scientists have announced they've dug up some new dinosaur remains in the Winton Formation in Queensland, found close to where the one of the most complete Aussie dino finds, Australovenator wintonensis, was discovered. The remains of the dinosaur, comprising two partial vertebrae, three bones from hands and feet, and several other unidentifiable bone fragments, suggest it is a theropod, the same dino group as Australovenator and Tyrannosaurus rex.

Journal/conference: Royal Society Open Science

DOI: 10.1098/rsos.191462

Organisation/s: The University of New England, Swinburne University of Technology

Funder: University of New England, ANSTO, Australian Research Council.

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From: The Royal Society

New theropod remains and implications for megaraptorid diversity in the Winton Formation (lower Upper Cretaceous), Queensland, Australia

Here we report on a new fragmentary megaraptorid specimen from the Winton Formation, found near the type locality of Australovenator wintonensis. Some of the key recognisable characteristics of megaraptorid theropods are robust forearms and elongated three-digit hands with two enlarged recurved claws on digits I and II (for catching and dispatching prey) and a much smaller digit III claw presumably used for manipulating prey and possibly grooming; small blade like teeth; and relatively gracile hindlimbs built for running. The new specimen is represented by two partial vertebrae, two metatarsals, a pedal phalanx and multiple unidentifiable bone fragments.

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